Switch: Change The World

And this marks the return of Jang Geun Suk to the small-screen. One of my first Korean actors, I have followed his career pretty closely. I did not watch his sageuk, Jackpot, however since I do not have a particular love for the historical drama. Therefore, Switch is what I watched after Pretty Man and I [...]

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Life in Poetry | A Poem A Day

A fantastic drama from the makers of Drinking Solo just came to an end. The entire story resonated strongly because of the similarities in script, however, this was a completely different journey. Taking us through the happenings at a physiotherapy ward, the drama really showed us the emotionally sensitive side of the world of medicine. [...]

Life as it Really Is | Live

Live may have finished a week ago, but the amateur that I am at understanding Korean, I was waiting for the subtitles to do complete justice to this brilliant piece of work. A drama based on the lives of rookie cops in the patrol division of the police force, Live was a primarily action drama [...]

The Korean Experiment with Classic European Literature | The Greatest Seducer

The Greatest Seducer came to an end last night, and I must say, that I have an absolutely mixed opinion about the show. It was an adaptation of the famous 1999 film, Cruel Intentions that starred Sarah Michelle Gellar, from her Buffy the Vampire Slayer days, with Ryan Phillipe and Reese Witherspoon. Cruel Intentions was [...]

Of Love Potions and Magic Trees | That Man Oh Soo

Lee Jong Hyun came back earlier this year with That Man Oh Soo, a fantasy romantic drama with a rather twisted plot. Playing the titular character of Oh Soo, he hails from a family that has been tending to a magic tree for the past 500 years. This tree bears flowers that carry various grains [...]

Overcoming Cowardice and Immaturity in Eulachacha Waikiki

A drama about six adults coming to terms with the responsibilities and duties of adulthood, in the most banal ways possible, Eulachacha Waikiki was a pretty solid piece of work. Bearing a crass or very basic sense of humour, it was still able to deliver on some very major themes. By the end of it [...]

Tackling Mental Health | Radio Romance

Radio Romance is another accurately timed Korean drama, given the circumstances the entertainment industry seems to be going through in South Korea. With issues regarding mental health brewing, and the rampant scandals, along with news of suicides among some famous celebrities, this drama seemed to hit at the very core of all of these issues. [...]

HWAYUGI

Treading carefully for this is by far the most technical script I have ever seen in a Korean drama. Another one added to the classics that are a Hong Sisters standard. Hwayugi was the stuff of fairy tales, with a Grimms' twist. With a plethora of gods, deities, ghosts, priestesses and ghost seeing humans, this [...]

2014: You’re All Surrounded

The last drama in the series I am covering before the finale of Hwayugi. I am covering this one because of the fact that three of the actors all teamed up for a second time with Hwayugi. Even though this is not a Hong sisters drama, but it gives us an understanding of how compatible [...]

2011: Best Love

Another classic Hong Sisters drama, that almost brings me to a close with respect to Hwayugi. Best Love stars Cha Seung Won as the iconic Dokgo Jin and Gong Hyo Jin as Gu Ae Jung. It picks up from where You're Beautiful and My Girlfriend is a Gumiho ended. The former was centered among a [...]